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Inside the Lab Profession, Training and education, Digital and computational pathology

A Natural Gift for Pathology

What inspired you to pursue pathology?

When I was a medical student, there was a second-year course in pathology. The teachers were the best I’d had, so they strongly influenced my choice. As part of the course, we each had a microscope and a pile of old, dingy slides on which we were supposed to identify disease entities. Somehow, I ended up as one of the students who went around explaining to everyone else what they were supposed to be seeing. Whatever wiring is required to look at a microscope slide and understand it, I seemed to have it – and liked doing it!

Within a week of starting my residency at the University of Michigan, I decided that the smartest people on the faculty were Henry Appelman, a world-famous gastrointestinal pathologist, and Sharon Weiss, a world-famous soft tissue pathologist. I said, “Whatever they do, that’s what I’m going to do.” I didn’t know a thing about GI or soft tissue pathology, but I did know I wanted to learn from them.

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